Six Honored With 2014-15 Dartmouth Alumni Awards

Read the full story by Bonnie Barber, published by Dartmouth Alumni News.

Six Dartmouth alumni have been chosen by the Alumni Council to receive 2014–15 alumni awards.

Three will receive the Dartmouth Alumni Award, which was established in 1954 to recognize long-standing and meritorious service to the College, career achievement, and other community service. Alumni are eligible for this award after their 25th class reunion.

Three will receive the Dartmouth Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award. This award was established in 1990, and recognizes breadth, depth, and length of volunteer involvement. Alumni are eligible during the first 15 years after graduation.

The six honorees will receive their awards at the annual Alumni Awards Gala, which will be celebrated during the 209th meeting of the Dartmouth Alumni Council on October 24 in Hanover.

Dartmouth Alumni Award Recipients:

Douglas A. “Digger” Donahue Jr. ’73

Donahue captained the squash team, served as president of Psi Upsilon, and was a member of the Dragon senior society. While earning an AB in history, he started Fayerweather Refrigerator Associates, renting refrigerators to fellow students. He earned an MBA from Harvard in 1976, and embarked on a career with Brown Brothers Harriman. He led the firm’s global securities business for much of his career, and was appointed managing partner in 2008. A past trustee of the American Textile History Museum and the Financial Accounting Foundation, Digger is active in numerous Boston area charities and was awarded the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley Tocqueville Society’s Leadership Excellence Award in May 2014. He continues to play competitive squash  (most recently he was runner-up in the Massachusetts State Over 60 Tournament), and lives with his wife, Susan, in Norwell, Mass. They have three children: Aidan ’04, Abby ’06, and Peter.

Tracey Salmon-Smith ’87

Salmon-Smith earned an AB in English and was a member of Palaeopitus, Green Key, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and the Afro-American Society. She also served as manager of the Dartmouth football team. Following graduation, she headed to Villanova University School of Law. She has worked as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn and as in-house counsel for UBS Financial Services Inc. She recently became partner at Bressler, Amery & Ross, PC, in New Jersey, where she focuses on securities, employment, and premises liability litigation. She has served in leadership roles with the American Bar Association litigation section and on the board of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), and enjoys mentoring and training young lawyers. Salmon-Smithhas volunteered with the American Diabetes Rainbow Gala and Special Olympics New Jersey. She lives in Manalapan, N.J., with her husband, Loyston Smith, and two daughters, Avery and Gabriella.

Danielle Dyer ’81, Tuck ’89

Dyer earned an AB in English and urban studies, and was a member of Casque and Gauntlet senior society and the varsity crew team. Prior to enrolling at Tuck, she won an Associated Press documentary award as an Upper Valley radio news reporter, and then worked as a fundraiser with the Dartmouth development office’s capital giving team. While earning her MBA, she played on the Tuck women’s hockey team (her nickname was “Do or Dyer”). Following graduation, Dyer began a 25-plus year career as a health care management consultant, and is now a managing director at Navigant Consulting, where she works across the country with multi-hospital health systems, academic medical centers, community hospitals, and large physician practices in the areas of system formation and integration, governance and organization design, strategic planning, operational performance improvement, and service line planning. She lives in Lenox, Mass., with her husband, Alec Kloman ’80, Geisel ’86, and two children, Storey ’17 and Will, a tenth-grader at the Berkshire School. Active in her community, Dyer co-founded the Lenox Soccer Club and Friends of Berkshire Rowing, and was formerly a board member of the Lenox Library Association.

Dartmouth Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award Recipients:

Janna Annest ’00

Annest captained the volleyball team, participated in the Women in Science Project, and was a member of Delta Delta Delta and the Cobra senior society. She graduated cum laude and with high honors in English, and worked as a writing tutor and studied Shakespeare at Oxford during her junior year. Following graduation, she returned home to Seattle and earned a JD from the University of Washington School of Law in 2003, where she was a member of the Washington Law Review. She is now a shareholder at Mills Meyers Swartling, where she practices business law, adoption, and estate planning. Super Lawyers magazine has named her a “Rising Star” every year since 2009, and she serves on the board of directors of World Association for Children and Parents, an international adoption agency, and Adoptive Friends and Families of Greater Seattle. She is also a regular contributor to Adoptive Families magazine. Annest and her husband, Dino, have a 6-year-old daughter, Riley, and a 3-year-old son, Leo.

Greg Chittim ’01, Thayer ’02 and '03

Chittim was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, helped reconstitute the Dartmouth Society of Engineers, and was active in the Student Assembly and Habitat for Humanity. An engineering sciences major modified with computer science, he was also a six-time teaching assistant in various computer engineering classes for Assistant Professor of Engineering Linda Wilson. As a graduate student in the master’s of engineering management program, he spent most of his time “in the lab or at Tuck,” but was also president of the Dartmouth Society of Engineers. He has worked as a consultant at the Monitor Group (now part of Deloitte) and is currently the senior director for strategic marketing at Arcadia Healthcare Solutions, a health care analytics and services firm outside Boston. Chittim lives in Holliston, Mass., with his wife, Jennifer, 4-year-old son Liam, and 1-year-old son Aiden.

Deborah Atuk, Tuck ’04

Atuk is a native Alaskan Inupiaq who helps Native American companies develop their businesses. She earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business after graduating from the University of Chicago with a BA in economics. Atuk initially worked as a project manager in Alaska’s Prudhoe oil fields before transitioning to investment banking and analyst positions at ABN AMRO and SG Cowen. She next moved into the entertainment industry, co-founding and serving as president and CEO of OmniVidia, a video-on-demand service, then working as an independent film producer in New York City for five years. Atuk presently serves as business development director for the Colville Tribal Federal Corporation in Coulee Dam, Washington, where she is responsible for diversifying company business and attracting investors to the Colville reservation. She is also a board member and fundraising chair of The Family Center in New York City.